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Article: The Horse in Mongolian Culture

Take a look at Mongolia's takhi and discover how an Asian empire was won on horseback — and how Mongolia came to be known as the land of the horse. 

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Article: The Wild Horse, Yesterday and Today

Modern horses are part of the family Equidae. The fossil history of Equidae is well documented, but new evidence about its evolutionary history — and new interpretations of it — continue to accumulate. 

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Elephants Return to the Forest

Unlike most zoo-raised or domestic species, Asian elephants have never been selectively bred, so they remain genetically wild. See how this helps with forest reintroduction efforts. 

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The Burdens of a Beast

Unlike people in Africa, who kept their distance from elephants except to hunt them, people in Asia have lived closely with elephants since at least 2000 B.C. Take a closer look at the underlying bond that exists today. 

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Asian Elephants: Threats and Solutions

The Asian elephant once roamed from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in western Asia as far east as China's Yangtze River. Take a closer look at this now highly endangered species. 

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The Past and Future Vigor of an Urban River

In April 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson set sail in his ship the Half Moon in search of a Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean. While he didn't find it, he did navigate the Bronx River. See how it's changed in the centuries since Hudson's voyage.

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Species and Sprawl: Humans

Sprawl is affecting Homo sapiens as it does many other species: it alters our habitat, hampers our mobility, and diminishes odds for survival.

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Species and Sprawl: Wood Turtles

See how scientists are using radio telemetry to gain a clearer picture of how much and what kind of space wood turtles need to survive.

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Species and Sprawl: Yellow Starthistle

Seeds can't move by themselves, so they rely on moving things to give them a lift. Discover how cars are taking homespun seed dispersal mechanisms to a new level.

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